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 Photonics21 Student Innovation Award 2012

Striving to support photonics training and education and contribute to strengthening a highly qualified workforce in Europe is the aim of the Education and Training work group of Photonics21. For the fourth time therefore Photonics21 is handing over a Student Innovation Award entailing a cash prize totaling 5000 Euros to two outstanding student research works on photonics. Thomas Geernaert, Post-doctoral research fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel received the award for his excellent work on sensors and Bernhard Schrenk, post-doctoral researcher at the National Technical University of Athens for his innovative research on the next generation of optical fibre networks. 

Dr. Schrenk actively participated in several Joint Research Activities of EURO-FOS Network either as a PhD Student in UPC or as member of ICCS/NTUA Photonics research group.

The vital importance of photonics innovation for the European economy and the region's continuing technology leadership role was a dominant theme at the Photonics21 Annual Meeting in Brussels this week. Underscoring that theme at the opening ceremony Tuesday evening (27 March) was the presentation of Photonics21 Student Innovation Awards, sponsored by SPIE Europe, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, and the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme. The awards recognize excellence in industrial-related photonics research in Europe.

Photonics21 President Martin Goetzeler, Osram, welcomed the more than 300 photonics experts from industry, academia, and politics attending the Annual Meeting. Photonics21 Executive Board Member Roberta Ramponi, Politecnico di Milano, joined Goetzeler in congratulating the award winners.







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